Tuesday 02 Aug
Updated Tuesday 02 Aug 12:00
Development Squad

Defender signs new deal

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  • Young defender Josh Pask has signed a new three-year contract
  • The centre-back has captained the Development Squad twice this pre-season
  • The youngster says it is a great time to be involved with West Ham United
West Ham United are delighted to announce that highly-rated defender Josh Pask has signed a new three-year deal with the Club.
 
The 18-year-old signed his first professional deal with the Hammers in 2014, but has now signed an extension which will keep him at the Club until 2019.
 
The centre-back was injured for a large period of last season but has started this campaign well, captaining the Development Squad in two of their pre-season fixtures.
 
Upon penning his new deal, Pask – who has been with the Club since he was nine – revealed his delight at extending his stay with the Hammers.
 
He said: “I’m very, very happy. The last couple of years at West Ham have been really good for me. I’ve been here a long time, so the majority of my life has been about West Ham.
 
“I’m really enjoying it, so I’m delighted to sign a new contract. West Ham are certainly looking upwards so I can’t wait to get started this season and hopefully I can progress as the season goes on.”
As the Hammers move into their new London Stadium home this season, Pask admitted it is a great time to be associated with the Club.

“This Stadium looks amazing,” he continued. “We did well last season to finish seventh in the Premier League and I’m looking forward to hopefully getting out on this pitch soon.
 
“This season, the main ambition for me is definitely to be involved with the first team in some capacity – that always has to be the aim. To get out on loan would be great too, as would a lot of appearances for the Development Squad.
 
“West Ham are always bringing players through the Academy, so of course that’s good. They’ve done it in the past and they are continuing to do so, so it’s a good place to be as a young player at the moment.”
 
The defender, who describes himself as “a technical player who likes to drive forward from defence” also explained how important the West Ham manager is for the young players at the Club.
 
“Slaven Bilic is a really great manager. He’s playing a lot of young players at the moment which is why West Ham is such a great place to be at the moment.”